This summer I directed my first theatre production. When I started, I had no idea how much time and energy such a task would require.
My entire July month was filled with late-night sewing, constant rehearsals, and the utter stress and worry of our progress. I felt tired and overworked.
The weekend before our show I was leaving town to spend time with my boyfriend (a trip that had been planned months in advance). I felt terrible to leave the production crew in the midst of the chaos, but they all encouraged me to go. They recognized that I needed a break. I was grateful for their support and their ability to step up when I wasn't there.
But the ways I learned to appreciate them didn't end there. On the last performance night, my cast called me up to the stage and handed me flowers. They thanked me with a hearty round of applause. In addition, when we took down the set the next day, they gave me a book of our play and had covered it with "thank yous" from all of them. I was touched to the point of tears.
Even yet, a couple of weeks after the show had ended, I received an e-card from the star of our show thanking me for my hard work and dedication to the show.
A simple act of kindness or a gesture of gratitude is all it takes to make someone feel important. I am so grateful for their kind words and gestures. I will always remember them for making me feel appreciated and valuable.
Submitted by Anonymous